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The Best Interface Is No Interface: The Simple Path to Brilliant Technology by Golden Krishna

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8. The Screenless Office: The best interface is no interface

Not long ago, our lives were filled with paper.

Gutenberg’s Bible press capitalistically evolved in the Western world over a few centuries from a device to spread internationally influential moral teachings to typewriters, dot matrix printers, and fax machines spreading internationally influential corporate memos about low-hanging fruit, running it up the flagpole, and the bottom line.1 According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), four million tons of office paper had been wasted in the United States by 1980.2

For some, even the American dream had become paper based.

Put in a good, honest, and hard day’s work at a busy mail room on the ground floor of a beige office park—couriering ...

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